It’s been a while since we saw some good Italian dishes posted here. So, for this week’s recipes, we went out and tracked down a couple of great ones to share with you. Italian foods are always a smorgasbord of spices and flavors so be certain to give these a try the next time you’re having guests over. Everyone loves Italian and, with Italian, there’s something for everyone to love!
Grandma’s Focaccia: Baraise Style
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup reserved potato water
2 pounds all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 (0.6 ounce) cake compressed fresh yeast
1 (29 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 large onion, thinly sliced
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (2 ounce) can anchovy fillets, chopped
Dried oregano to taste
Place potatoes in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender but firm, about 15 minutes. When the potatoes are done, remove from heat, and drain, reserving one cup of potato water. Pour the flour and 1 tablespoon of salt out onto a clean dry surface. Make a well in the center, and use a ricer to rice the potatoes into the center. Knead the flour and potatoes together as best you can, and then make another well in the center. Dissolve the yeast in the potato water, then pour the mixture into the well. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth, and no longer sticky.
Divide the dough into halves, and form into balls. Flour heavily, and cover with a few towels to prevent drafts. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat two large cookie sheets with olive oil.
Press the dough out evenly onto the pan. Press indentations into the sheets with your fingers every couple of inches. Divide the can of tomatoes in half, and spread onto each sheet evenly. Place the onion and anchovies onto the sheets, and press in lightly. Sprinkle with salt and oregano to taste. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until bottom is browned. Let cool to room temperature, then cut into squares using a pizza wheel.
3 pounds lean ground beef
5 tablespoons ground oregano
5 tablespoons dried parsley, crushed
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
2 cups Italian-style dry bread crumbs
3 (28 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 10×15 inch jelly-roll pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, oregano, parsley and garlic. Mix in onion soup mix and seasoned bread crumbs. Mix thoroughly. Using a 1 ounce scoop, scoop and shape the meat mixture into balls. Place in the prepared pan and bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour or until meatballs are browned and cooked through. In a large pot over high heat, bring the spaghetti sauce to a boil and add cooked meatballs. Reduce heat and simmer for 4 hours.